a new twist for your treat bags...

Yesterday I shared the invitations I made for Kate's 9th birthday party...today I'm going to show you the treat bags she will be giving to her guests...

And these aren't just your average old treat bags...these bags have a little twist...



Do you see what it is?
Well, we'll get to that in just a second...

First I took some plain white paper bags (5x7) and used my Lifestyle Crafts Epic 6 and Letterpress Splendor plates to print the little gift and the words "for you" on the bags. I learned yesterday that it really should NOT take as long as it did for the ink to dry on my invitations. I most definitely used too much ink...I will know better for next time.

{***from now through April 15, the Splendor printing plates are 25% off! PLUS, if you use the code MIDWESTERN at checkout, you can an ADDITIONAL 20% off...what the what? awesome!***}

Then I took a pink marker and just added a little depth to the gift graphic...



Now here's the twist...

I was looking for a way to close the bags...simple folding is great, stickers are fine, staples are OK, but I wanted something a little different. Suddenly, it occurred to me that a Chips Ahoy bag is perfect! What better way to close a bag than to fold it and make sure it stays folded with those little tab thingies? Now, I know what you're thinking...airplane bags fold the same way...well...yes, they do. But I prefer to compare my bag to one that holds chocolate chip cookies thankyouverymuch.

I found some fabric scraps that were about an inch or so wide and about 10" long (you can use wide ribbon for this, too!)...


I folded the fabric in half width-wise and sewed down the length of the piece...


Then I cut the fabric piece just long enough to extend past both sides of the bag by about 1 1/2"...

Next I grabbed some floral wire and my wire cutter...


I cut the wire to fit inside the strip of folded fabric...with just a little room between the end of the wire and the end of the fabric...about 1/4"...


Then I sewed the ends of the fabric closed...you can see by the photos that I didn't worry too much about having nice crisp seams or super-accurate lines of stitching...and I didn't bother finishing the ends of the fabric...I just left them raw...


After I had finished making my little wire sleeve, I decided where I wanted to place it on my bag. It was so handy that the bag came with a little lip at the top...I was able to sew the sleeve on here without worrying about sewing the bag closed...


If your bags don't have this lip, just cut one side of the bag down a little to create one...

Sew your sleeve onto your bag...




And make sure you can still open it...

Here's a view of the back...after the sleeve has been sewn on...



And guess what? You're done!

You now have some super-cool treat-bags...with a twist!



And here they are all twisted up...



You can choose to fold the bags so that the wires fold toward the front, too...I chose to fold them backwards on my bags...

So what do you think? Think you would add this to your next set of treat bags?


DISCLOSURELifestyle Crafts sent me a Letterpress Combo Kit and the printing plates and ink used for the invitations and treat bags. All opinions stated are my own...100%. I think this system is wicked-awesome and I love how the letterpress printing turned out. It's really classy looking...totally different from printing from your home computer and it's super-easy to do.




Here's where I'm linking up this week...

18 comments

  1. What a clever idea! I'm pining this for Izzy's birthday party next year :)

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  2. Cute!! Great idea, thanks for sharing.

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  3. Those are so cute! I really love that they can now be easily closed.

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  4. These are adorable! Never thought to make cloth "twist ties". You are so darn creative.

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  5. Genius idea! What a great party favor bag, or if you have a craft booth they would be great for bags there too!

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  6. Those bags are a nice "twist" They seem so fun too! I might have to use this idea sometime this summer :) xo Holly

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  7. Wow! That's like an above and beyond touch! Love it! :)

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  8. Love, love, love that idea! I think it would be so cute for so many things. I'm pinning!

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  9. Super cute! I for sure want to try this!

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  10. Clever! Great job and many thanks for sharing :)

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  11. these are soo cute! i would LOVE for you to link this post or any other posts you want to my weekend link party http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/04/spread-love-link-party-6.html it opens at midnight tonight, hope to see you there!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  12. MAGS!! Love it. Bet Lifestyle is happy with your craft (: So stinkin cute! XOXO

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  13. Leave it to you to dress up bags in such an adorable and creative way! Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

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  14. Hi, I just found your blog through Flamingo Toes and I can't rave enough about your idea! It is so simple, but so wonderful. You have a new follower who can't wait to see what you come up with next.

    Lovely log you have here, so glad I found you,
    Maureen

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  15. Very cute idea and it dresses up the bags so nicely.

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  16. Wao you are awesome love, love that idea:) I love these bags Why we are cunning to buy branded bags when we can prepare it at our homes. There are days that I plan an outfit around the bag I'll be shopping with.

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  17. Love these! So pretty and functional.

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